A Promise to my Father/Completed 2013
This documentary will focus on Izzy Arbeiter’s incredible personal story of survival.
A story that begins in Poland with just a few words from his father just prior to his father, mother and younger brother being sent off to the Treblinka death camp where they were murdered.
The journey moves on to Germany and ends in the United States of America with hope for a new life.
The final words his father ever said to Israel Arbeiter helped motivate the Polish teenager in the worst of times as Izzy moved from concentration camp to concentration camp forced to work as a slave laborer for the Nazi war machine.
On his final journey back to Poland in 2012, Arbeiter also visited the basement of his old home in the city of Plock, where on September 3rd, 1939 his family buried several Jewish religious artifacts to keep them hidden from the invading Germans. The home is now condemned, but that didn’t stop Izzy from his mission of trying to unearth these religious symbols for the first time in 73 years.
Somehow, Israel Arbeiter survived the Holocaust and now shares his incredible story with all those who will listen. His parents and younger brother weren’t so fortunate. Izzy now also speaks for them. Along the way he also met his future wife Anna, also a survivor of Auschwitz.
Copies of this film will be donated to schools and libraries throughout the United States.
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